June 02, 2010

Report Damaging to Turkish "Humanitarian" Organization/Erdogan Regime Being Suppressed?

Oh my...


Signs point to yes.

0. Islamist extremists recruited by the IHH (in Turkish Insani Yardim Vakfi) masquerading as "peace activists" attacked Israeli soldiers with knives, clubs, chains, stun grenades and firearms when the soldiers boarded the IHH owned and operated vessel Mavi Marmaris as it was attempted to violate the Israeli blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

1. On 31 May, 2010, the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) released a brief report - summarizing a CIA report declassified after 9/11 - which documented the terrorist connections of the IHH. The text of the ITIC report is reproduced below.

2. Subsequent to the attack on the Israeli soldiers and the resulting death of the aforementioned "peace activists", the ITIC removed the report from their website. A more recent report by ITIC says "The ITIC has reliable information indicating that in the past IHH had links with global jihad and Islamic terrorist elements in the Middle East. As part of its connections with the global jihad it supported jihadist terrorist networks in Bosnia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Chechnya."

3. The only reasonable explanation for the disappearance of the report is that the CIA itself is seeking to shield IHH, and in turn the Erdogan government of Turkey, from further embarrassment. The wisdom of such a decision is questionable given that the report itself has been declassified (and if I recall correctly it has been entered as evidence in US court proceedings) - I'm sure someone will eventually cough up a copy. Whether the CIA is acting on its own initiative or at the behest of the Obama administration is the only real question here. I'm inclined to suspect the former.

4. The Sticky Fingers Department here at Internet Haganah has acquired a copy of a report by the IDF, substantially similar to the ITIC's more recent report, only the IDF report still cites the CIA as the source of the intelligence linking the IHH with global jihad elements. A copy of that report will also be found below.

5. Evan Kohlmann, writing under the auspices of the Danish Institute for International Studies, authored a paper in 2006 further documenting the terrorist and extremist connections of the IHH in a report titled "The Role of Islamic Charities in International Terrorist Recruitment and Financing". Pages 10-14 dealing with the IHH will be found below, as I consider it likely that the Danes will fall into line in defense of NATO ally Turkey on this issue

A little snippet of Kohlmann's paper:
Years later, Bulent Yildrim and the IHH also played a key role in galvanizing anti-Western sentiment among Turkish Muslims in the lead-up to the 2003 war in Iraq[...]

In mid-2004, IHH issued an English- language news update from its representatives on the ground in Fallujah: “the women and children shot by [U.S.] snipers now rest in a football field turned into a graveyard for the brave freedom fighters who resisted the invasion… The American troops [turned back] the injured being transported to hospitals by shooting at the ambulances.

Aaron's post is lengthy, so to completely understand all of this read it all

Wow, just wow.

By Stable Hand at 09:29 AM | Comments |